American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant

20 May 2021


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received $135 million in supplemental funding to assist humanities organizations and other cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus pandemic as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden.

With funding from NEH, the New Mexico Humanities Council provides recovery funding to museums, archives, historic sites, and other nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. NMHC has approximately $500,000.00 to provide recovery funding to humanities organizations. The primary purpose of ARP was to provide assistance to entities that have suffered major setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NMHC ARP grant funds are intended to help prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus in order to sustain and grow the public humanities in the state.

Santa Fe Desert Choral Summer Festival Concert Public Lectures, 2017

Santa Fe Desert Choral Summer Festival Concert Public Lectures, 2017

NMHC Grant Program

New Mexico Humanities Council grants are pass-through awards of Federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Grant awards must be matched by other sources to equal or exceed the amount of the award.  This requirement can be satisfied entirely with in-kind contributions, such as donated facilities, services, and time or with sponsor’s cash or program income.  Federal pass-through grants require a lot of paperwork, with backup documentation and receipts kept in order for three years for auditing purposes.  Project Director and Fiscal Agent must both be aware of requirements and keep accurate and complete records for reporting purposes.

Visit our grants management portal to create a profile and begin the screening and application process. 

NMHC Grant Program

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Other Grant Considerations

• Any organization that receives funding from NMHC is welcome to apply again only after a current grant has successfully closed. If the program activities described are different from the previous grant, the Council will consider it a legitimate request and not a form of continued funding for the same project.

• NMHC will fund requests to the fullest extent possible based on available resources and competitiveness of applications submitted. Applicants must show a minimum 1:1 match for grant funds requested composed of Sponsor's Matching Cash and In-Kind Donations, Third Party Cash, or Project Income. The average amount granted by NMHC is $5,500.

• Preference will be given for outreach to new and/or historically underserved audiences, new venues or locations, the participation of new scholars in NMHC projects and/or projects that involve under-represented humanities disciplines.

• Preference will be given to applicants for targeted strategic programming instead of catch-all programming or for an add-on humanities component.

• All award decisions made by the NMHC Board as recommended by the NMHC Grant Committee are final.

Grant Deadlines:  

NMHC staff offer an opportunity for applicants to prepare and submit a draft and review it in detail together for feedback on the proposal's completeness and competitiveness in time to edit and improve the application before final submission at the grant deadline.  First-time applicants are especially encouraged to take advantage of this offer.

Consultation and application deadlines will be updated as necessary.

Visit our grants management portal to create a profile and begin the screening and application process.

Draft & Consultation Deadline

Application Deadline*

Earliest Date
Program Can Begin

April 10

May 1*

Mid September

September 10

October 1*

January 1

* - Application Deadline is midnight, Mountain Daylight Time

What are public humanities programs?

Public: Projects should connect the public with the humanities at no cost and be accessible. Programs with nominal costs must demonstrate in the application how funds support program goals. Audiences are expected to be primarily adults and families.  Programs are expected to be widely advertised and held at times and in locations accessible to the general public.

**NOTE for Colleges and Universities**
NMHC accepts applications from colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to reach an audience beyond the campus community. Applications should show community collaboration, a well-defined outreach and publicity plan and stated audience goals.

Humanities: The act that established the National Endowment for the Humanities says, "The term humanities includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." NMHC will also fund projects that deal with the historical and human values aspects of science and technology.

Programs: They may vary as widely as New Mexico's communities and audiences. These programs bring scholars and the public together in a dialogue that enhances the civic and cultural life of the citizens of the state. For examples of recent programs funded by NMHC, subscribe to the NMHC E-newsletter, or request a grant sample. Note the deadlines, and required consultations listed on the website. Prospective applicants uncertain if their project qualifies are encouraged to call or email grant program officers at NMHC.

For more information, contact:

New Mexico Humanities Council

Tel: (505) 633-7370

Or email:

grants@nmhumanities.org »

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